On Friday I presented at the SLAV Conference: Re-Imagining: Innovation, Evidence and Action and as usual I learned much more than I taught. My presentation was about sharing some of the ideas from the History Summer School in Canberra and focussed on bringing Aboriginal perspectives to the teaching of history, but it also hinted at the possibilities of using wikis and podcasts to manage sharing the progress we make in this area.
This is an edited version of the presentation. . Alas, some of the hyperlinks I went to so much trouble to insert for this blog do not work properly. If anyone notices and notifies me, maybe I’ll fix them….
What I really enjoyed, however, was the keynote address by Dr Neville Johnstone. He talked (with his usual passion!) about professional learning teams in schools. Most of the so-called PLTs, he says, aren’t, because they’re not about teachers learning anything: they’re about managing or organising things. I was pleased that the model we’re using at MPPS seems to fit with what he’s on about, that is, identifying a common issue for a small group of teachers and then developing an action plan to test out a proposition based on one of the POLT principles. I am looking forward to working with this year’s group to develop some new projects…and am hoping that some of them will want to play with Web 2.0 – which is what the other keynote address was about. So much to learn, but messing about with this blog is a start.